Learning Guide

OpenOffice 2.0 Toolbox

  Welcome to the OpenOffice Toolbox. This is your guide to getting started with free, open source office suite OpenOffice 2.0. Start your move away from Microsoft Office today. The two apps aren't as different as you would think. Get help on simple tasks like

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creating your own colors or formatting your toolbars and progress to connecting to databases, charts and Web pages.

 

Toolbar customization   A simple mail merge   Creating Web pages
Databases   Increasing Office and OpenOffice compatibility   Presentations
Advanced mail merge tools   Creating charts   Reports
Autoformat and Autotext   Envelopes   Creating database forms
Tables   Connecting to existing databases   More shortcuts
Data/file conversion

 

Toolbar customization
Toolbars in OpenOffice
Get started in OpenOffice by learning how to customize and arrange toolbars in OpenOffice 2.0 to suit your needs.
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Making a presentation in OpenOffice 2.0
Making a presentation
Follow OpenOffice.org instructor and author Solveig Haugland as she describes the step-by-step process for creating a presentation in OpenOffice 2.0.
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Creating envelopes
Everything about envelopes
OpenOffice expert Solveig Haugland walks users through the printing, formatting and design processes for making a custom envelope.
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A simple mail merge solution
A simple mail merge
Seeking a simpler mail merge solution for OpenOffice 2.0? This tip guides you through selecting your starting document, data source and the fields to insert.
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Advanced mail merge tools
Advanced mail merge tools
OpenOffice 2.0's vastly improved Mail Merge Wizard 2.0 has the chops, and it's pretty cool, says OpenOffice expert Solveig Haugland. Find out how to use it in tour.
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Database forms
Database forms
OpenOffice expert Solveig Haugland explains table relations and how to create a data entry form linking separate tables.
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Creating Web pages
Working wonders with OpenOffice 2.0's Web Wizard
The OpenOffice 2.0 Web Wizard wowed this reviewer. Find out how to use it to open a whole new world of Web publishing without having to mess with DreamWeaver.
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Creating charts
Finding hidden treasures in OpenOffice 2.0's Charting Wizard
Take a tour of the multilayered charting tools of OpenOffice 2.0's Charting Wizard, as you learn to create, edit and master the art of making a polished chart.
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Creating tables with Base
Base: Getting the right views
OpenOffice expert Solveig Haugland explains how to create and join tables in views using OpenOffice 2.0's Base tool.
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Creating a database
and entry forms
How to use OpenOffice 2.0's database tool
OpenOffice expert Solveig Haugland walks users through the process of creating a database and entry forms to conveniently configurate data entry.
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Creating reports in Base
How to get reports in Base
Learn how to use OpenOffice's 2.0 Base tool to create a simple report and modify the report layout to your own taste and specifications.
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Connecting to existing
databases in OpenOffice.org
Connecting to existing databases in OpenOffice.org 2.0
In OpenOffice 2.0, how do you link to the perfectly good data you've got lying around? Here's how to do it, even if your data is living in Access, and it's not that hard.
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Smart formatting tips for
Office and OpenOffice compatibility
Increase Smart formatting for better compatibility between OpenOffice.org and Microsoft Office
An office suite expert describes how to format documents in OpenOffice and Microsoft Office using program features that will make ease compatibility headaches.
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How shortcuts and AutoText
can make you more efficient
How shortcuts and AutoText can make you more efficient
An office suite expert explains why the AutoText and AutoFormat shortcuts in OpenOffice minimize repetition and maximize efficiency as well as how to use them.
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Bridging the gap
between Office and OpenOffice
Bridging the gap between Office and OpenOffice
Learn how to use OpenOffice features such as the Draw tool, tabbed headers and footers. Create your own palette colors, discover helpful file sharing tips and see how Microsoft Office documents are completely compatible with OpenOffice.
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Converting data/files
between Office and OpenOffice
Converting data and files to Base from Access
In this tip, an expert tells how to convert Access files to Base and discusses some helpful hints for working with Base.
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This was first published in March 2007

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